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Strawberry Thief (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of cotton; plain weave, block printed, wool trim with tassels.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton; plain weave, block printed, wool trim with tassels.


1883 (produced 1890s)


Designed by William Morris (English, 1834–1896)
Produced by Morris & Company (English, 1875–1940)
Woven and printed at Merton Abbey Works
England, Surrey, Wimbledon

About this artwork

Islamic textiles informed the design of this 19th-century printed curtain. William Morris, a key figure in the British Arts and Crafts Movement, reportedly fashioned this pattern after watching birds steal strawberries from his kitchen garden. The flattened profile of the birds as well as the stylization of the plant forms highlight Morris’s appreciation and adaptation of Islamic designs.

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William Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Merton Abbey Works (Printer)


Strawberry Thief (Furnishing Fabric)


England (Object made in), London (Object made in), Wimbledon (Object made in)


Made 1890-1899 , Patented 1883


Cotton; plain weave, block printed, wool trim with tassels


Inscription (label on reverse): MORRIS & COMPANY Upholsterers 499, OXFORD STREET LONDON, W


283 × 106 cm (111 1/2 × 41 3/4 in.) Repeat: 50.9 × 46 cm (20 × 18 1/8 in.)

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Restricted gift of John H. Bryan, Hope McCormick, and Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation; and the Textile Society

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